Frequently asked questions about studying in Canada.
- At the foreign Canadian Visa Office responsible for their country or region;
- At a foreign Canadian Visa Office in a country in which the applicant is lawfully residing; or
- At a Canadian Port of Entry (For permanent residents or citizens of USA, Saint-Pierre et Miquelon and Greenland only).
All new study permits are issued at a Canadian port of entry. An applicant who has submitted an application to a foreign Canadian Visa Office will be issued a letter of approval advising him/her to travel to a Canadian port of entry to have the study permit issued in his/her passport. A study permit should be issued for the duration of the person’s studies.
Applicants from countries requiring a Temporary Residence Visa must submit their passports along with their study permit application to a Canadian Visa Office abroad. A TRV will be issued in the passport to allow such applicants to travel to Canada to have their study permits issued at a Canadian port of entry.
While a study permit authorizes international students to pursue their studies while in Canada, a temporary resident visa allows a person to enter Canada. Depending on your county of citizenship, you may need a visa for entry.
Applicants from countries requiring a Temporary Resident Visa must submit their passports along with their study permit application to a Canadian Visa Office abroad. A TRV will be issued in the passport to allow such applicants to travel to Canada to have their study permits issued at a Canadian port of entry.
|Number of Persons||All provinces except Quebec||Quebec|
|Single Student||Tuition for the first year plus $10,000 for a 12-month period (or $833 per month)||Tuition for the first year plus $11,000 for a 12-month period (or $917 per month)|
|+ one family member||$4,000 for a 12-month period (or $333 per month)||$5,100 more for a person 18 years of age or older for a 12-month period (or $425 per month)
$3,800 more for a person under 18 years of age for a 12-month period (or $317 per month)
|+ each additional family member||$3,000 for a 12-month period per dependent child of any age (or $255 per month)||$5,125 more for a person 18 years of age or older for a 12-month period (or $427 per month)
$1,903 more for a person under 18 years of age for a 12-month period (or $159 per month)
The following documents can be used as proof of funds:
- proof of a Canadian bank account in your name if money has been transferred to Canada;
- proof of a student/education loan from a financial institution;
- your bank statements for the past four months;
- a bank draft in convertible currency;
- proof of payment of tuition and accommodation fees;
- a letter from the person or institution providing you with money (including proof of employment, bank statements, income tax returns, etc, for the person providing you with money); and
- proof of funding paid from within Canada if you have a scholarship or are in a Canadian-funded educational program.
The Ministry of Education in your home country may also have information for you on scholarships.
When assessing study permit applications, visa officers determine whether an applicant is a bona fide student. This is determined through a number of factors, including but not limited to:
- The length of time the student plans to spend in Canada;
- The means by which the student will support themselves while studying;
- The student’s obligations and ties to their home country;
- The likelihood of the applicant leaving Canada after their temporary status ends; and
- General compliance to government regulations.
An individual may be refused a study permit if the visa officer reviewing their file determines that they are not a bona fide student. Reasons for refusal can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The visa officer does not believe the applicant will leave Canada after their status ends. This can be determined because of lack of ties to the applicant’s home country, the political/economic state of their country at the time of review, or if the applicant has overstayed previous temporary visas in any country;
- The visa officer does not feel the applicant’s acceptance to a Canadian institution is genuine;
- The visa officer does not believe the applicant has the means to support themselves while studying in Canada
There is an important exemption to this regulation: if you are enrolled in an English as a Second Language (ESL) or French as a Second Language (FSL) program, you are not authorized to work with your study permit.
If you transfer to a school in Quebec, you will need to apply for a CAQ and, if necessary, a new study permit.
Primary students who are entering high school, as well as high school students who will move on to post-secondary education, must apply to modify their study permit. Students who are changing schools must inform CIC of their school changes.
If your spouse wishes to study here, she should apply for his or her own study permit.
If you are already in Canada on a study or work permit, your accompanying minor child may study without a study permit.
The age of majority is different in each province and territory, although it is usually 18 or 19 years of age. Anyone under the age of majority is considered to be a minor.
Unaccompanied minors wishing to obtain a study permit must appoint a custodian who will care for and support them while in Canada. Citizenship and Immigration Canada requires a notarized declaration, which has been signed by the minor’s parents in the country of origin and the custodian in Canada.
A custodian can be a family member, trusted friend or member of the school at which the minor is attending. For more information about finding a custodian, please contact the international student office of the school where the minor child plans to study.